There’s honestly not much I need to write to introduce you to this 1985 Italo Disco classic. “Faces” is synthpop perfection, crafted with Platonic ideal examples of drum machine tracks, detached and bittersweet vocals, and a simple but effective bass line anchoring it all. While the verses anxiously describe a betrayal (or at least a […]Read More Track of the Week: Clio – “Faces” (1985)
Dark and foreboding without being too on the nose about being spooky/scary, “Forme noire” from the French electronic musician known as volcan gets an incredible amount of mileage out of a one measure long arpeggiator riff. As the fourth track from 2015’s Thysia album progresses, layers upon layers of ominous analog synthesizers build relentless tension […]Read More Track of the Week: volcan – “Forme noire” from Thysia (2015, Camisole Records
Starting this week we are going to be doing a new Track of the Week post every Friday. It’s going to rotate as to who is picking and writing the article, ranging from us here at Echosynthetic to guests who will be contributing to the topic. There are no rules other than synths have to […]Read More Track of the Week: glitbiter / Airship from Short Stories
In media reviews you’ll often come across some variation of the phrase “the result is less than the sum of its parts.” The Visitor is not only less than the sum of its parts, it is an ambitious mess where the individual themes, plots, and character tropes are actively at war with each other in […]Read More Horror-A-Thon: The Visitor (1979)
I’ve had Devo on the brain for the last few months. Maybe it’s the degradation and failures of our culture, social interactions, and institutions that has me believing in the central premise that we are, as a species, devolving. Or maybe it’s the excellent, twice weekly podcast “ABCDevo” [abcdevo.com] in which the entire Devo catalog […]Read More Retro Review: Devo / Oh No, It’s Devo (1982)
Labor Day was officially established as a federal holiday in 1894 to acknowledge and celebrate the struggles and sacrifices of the American labor movement in creating prosperity, equality, and safe working conditions at the apex of industrial revolution. Now it’s just an excuse for people to get sunburned and blitzed one last time at the […]Read More Down the Labor Day Rabbit Hole: Are Sounds Electrik?
A new video from Brighton (UK) synth-pop duo Battery Operated Orchestra (BOO) has emerged in advance of next month’s release of a special “maxi-single” package that will include the song “Radiation” (the title track from the group’s second full-length album), as well as an altogether new track from BOO and remixes from Sound of Science, […]Read More Battery Operated Orchestra Premieres New Video for “Radiation” Ahead of Special Maxi-Single Release